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Jan Rübel

Jan Rübel


phone: +49 (0) 71 51-96 46 0

Autor / Berlin

Profiles, social issues, German and Middle Eastern politics


Born in 1970 on an island in Eastern Frisia. Islamic studies and Middle Eastern history at the Universities of Hamburg, Beirut and Tel Aviv. Attended the Axel Springer School of Journalism, followed by two years as a political editor at Die Welt. Parliamentary correspondent for the Welt am Sonntag for CDU, CSU and FDP 2005-2007. Moved to an Axel Springer AG development project in May 2007, in January 2008 to Zeitenspiegel, where he is now a partner. Currently provides political commentary for Yahoo.com.


Theodor Wolff Prize 2011
World Population Foundation Journalism Prize 2013
Nominated for Alternative Media Prize 2014
ERM Media Prize (third place) 2014
Karl Kübel Media Prize 2015
Nominated for Alternative Media Prize 2016
German Sozial Prize 2016
BIGSAS Media Prize 2017


Tom's second life

Appeared in Stern 04/2008

By the time the authorities discovered him, he had lost the ability to feel pain. Severely abused almost from birth, Tom and his body may never recover. The story of an unimaginably bad start in life and foster parents capable of unconditional love.


My body stays here

Appeared in sonntag aktuell, 25 November 2007

Muslim immigrants increasingly wish to be buried in Germany. A Portuguese cemetery custodian in Stuttgart’s main cemetery deal with unfamiliar rituals and traditions.


"They can laugh at us if they want"

Erschienen in "Welt am Sonntag", 8. Oktober 2006

Peter Ramsauer of the CSU explains health care reform to Bavarians.


A social romantic in search of consolation

Erschienen in "Welt am Sonntag", 21. August 2005

Horst Seehofer is briefly shut out of power politics.


The new face of Nazism

Appeared in "Die Welt", 25 September 2004

The elections in the northeastern Germany state of Saxony brought unanticipated triumph for the NPD, Germany’s Neonazi party. It’s getting hard to pick out Neonazis at a distance. Delegate Johannes Müller, for example, is neither a skinhead nor a black-clad, drunken thug. He’s a doctor.


But you weren't there!

Erschienen in "Haaretz", 6. März 2003

Cafe Europa in Tel Aviv is a venue with a homogeneous clientele - all the patrons are Holocaust survivors.